Irish Soda Bread cut with butter melting

Irish Soda Bread

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This classic Irish Soda Bread recipe is so easy to make, you’ll be making it all year long!



  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into small cubes and kept cold
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter mixed with a splash of buttermilk for brushing the dough


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt to a large bowl and whisk together.
  3. Add the cubed, cold butter to the flour mixture. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter, two forks or you fingers. The flour should look like crumbly sand when you’re done. I like to go through with my fingers at the end to make sure there aren’t any pieces of butter that are too large. Stir in the raisins (if using).
  4. Add the egg to the buttermilk, whisk together and then pour into the bowl over the dry ingredients. Stir together to combine and then empty the bowl out onto a cutting board that has been lightly dusted with flour.
  5. Knead the dough a few times to get the dough to come together, then form the dough into a round, shallow loaf and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Cut an “X” into the top of the dough and then brush the top with the melted butter and buttermilk mixture.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, remove form the oven and cover with foil if the top is getting too brown. Place the soda bread back into the oven and bake for another 20 minutes until the center is cooked through.
  8. Let the soda bread cool and then slice into pieces. Serve with butter or jam or eat as is!

Recipe Notes

To store leftover soda bread, keep in a resealable bag or wrap in plastic wrap once cooled. Irish Soda bread will keep on your counter for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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